FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is it important to have my teeth checked 6 monthly?
Why is it important to have my teeth checked 6 monthly? Many things can happen and deteriorate in our mouth in a few short months. Small decay can get much larger, bad gum disease can progress quickly. By having our teeth checked periodically, we can detect small issues before they become major issues, and this makes the treatments when required simpler, more affordable, and comfortable.
When should my child first see a dentist?
Generally around 2 years old, however we always suggest to come in 3 months after their first teeth come through. At Soul Dental, we always encourage parents to bring their young ones in, even just for a quick look, get to familiarise with the team, and even for a ride in the chair, so they aren’t nervous for their first proper visit.
What happens if I don't get my teeth cleaned 6 monthly?
Bacteria and plaque collects around our teeth and gum causing them to be inflammed and bleed called gingivitis. If they aren’t cleaned away frequently, these bacteria release toxin that will cause our gums and bone to move away, leading to severe gum disease and even mobility and teeth loss.
How long can I wait to get my fillings done?
We always recommend to get your fillings done as soon as possible, so the large decay don’t progress to needing further treatment. Small fillings can progress to large in a matter of a few months. The earlier they are done, the more comfortable, affordable, and strong they are.
Why are my teeth yellow?
Our teeth can be stained overtime with many things and reasons such as wine, coffee, coloured foods. They can also discolour with decay, or not sufficient cleaning.
What is the best way to prevent gum disease?
Thorough flossing, brushing daily to remove plaque, and professional cleaning will reduce the risk of gum disease. However, other factors can also affect our gum health such as diabetes, pregnancy, smoking, and genetic.
How can I whiten my teeth?
We offer both in office, and take home whitening options with professional strength ingredients that can only be prescribed by dentists safely to help our patients achieve whiter smiles safer and faster. However different types of stains will require different type of whitening procedures. We offer a free 15 minute complimentary consultation with Dr. Rita, come in and see how we can help you!
I brush my teeth everyday, why do my gums still bleed?
Our gums bleed when they aren’t healthy, due to bacteria and toxin around and under them. Professional cleaning to remove the bacteria under the gums, thorough flossing and brushing along the gum lines daily are great places to start. Persistent bleeding can also be due to severe gum disease, pregnancy, virus and a few factors. We always teach and give a tailored plan on how to look after your teeth and gums at the first comprehensive care appointment.
What causes bad breath?
When bacteria grow on pieces of food that get left in your mouth, they release sulfur compounds that has an unpleasant smell. Sometimes bad breath can also come from not drinking enough water, or systemic health issues.
How can I prevent bad breath?
Flossing and brushing teeth and tongue thoroughly everyday to get rid of all the food, professional cleaning, and drinking plenty of water can all help.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Our teeth can become sensitive for many reasons. From overbrushing, wearing down of teeth, having cavities, and sometimes infection can all play a part in making our teeth sensitive.
Do you accept Medicare?
We accept Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) for eligible children 2-17. Don’t know if your kids are eligible? We’d be happy to check for you.
What health insurance providers do you accept?
We accept all major Australian health insurance funds and have on the spot claiming for your convenience.
I am pregnant, and my gums are bleeding!
It is a lot more common to have bleeding gums during pregnancy due to the hormones running wild. Still continue to floss and brush well along and on the gums can do wonders. However it is always best to have a dentist check them to ensure nothing further is happening.
Why do I have cracks in my teeth?
Our teeth takes on the hard jobs of chewing and chomping for us all day long, over time they can weaken and start to crack. Some other factors that can speed up crack formation include: Metal fillings, large fillings in the teeth, clenching and grinding, nail biting, and opening things with your teeth such as bottles.
What can I do when my teeth have cracks?
Depending on the severity of the cracks, and how well you’d like to protect them there are different approaches. From monitoring, to removing the crack and restoring, to placing a crown to strengthen the teeth, we aim to get to the cracks before they crack the teeth through and through leading to tooth loss.
Why do I need x-rays?
Xrays allow us to detect many things we cannot see visually, such as small decays forming in between the teeth, bone level surrounding the teeth, infections, and what may be happening with our teeth below the gums. Without xrays, we cannot see a full picture of your oral health.
Are the x-rays harmful to my health?
At Soul Dental, we utilise the newest digital x-rays that has minimal radiation. The amount of radiation we get from 1 check up x-ray equals to us eating approximately 4 bananas, or less than one flight from GC to Sydney. Although only very minimal amount, we only prescribe x-rays when necessary.
I brush my teeth everyday, why do I still have cavities in between the teeth?
With very thoroughly brushing, we can only clean 60% of our teeth surfaces. Most cavities in between the teeth come from the other 40% of surfaces that can only be reached with flossing.